Saturday, January 21, 2017

Nintendo Switch it up with Sylverstone

Episode 61: the Switch filled sixty-first episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight's special guest is , an awesome multimedia artist and video game nerd, who's here to give us the lowdown on the Nintendo Switch Preview Event that happened last Sunday, January 15th. But before we talk Switch, we talk news!

  • PAX South is happening in San Antonio, TX, Jan 27-29, 2017. That's next weekend! Miz Sylver will be attending! There's a lot of awesome stuff going on.
    • Miz Sylver will be working on the event "StreetPass Game Show", a Family Feud-style gamer game show! You can still enter to win a spot on the show, and you can still help be the "Survey Says" answers by going here and filling out the survey! Kelsey of Pink Gorilla Games will also be working at that panel. Happening 8:30 pm Friday night in the Bobcat Theatre. The Grand Prize is a 10" statue of Skyward Sword Link!
    • Miz Sylver is also on the panel StreetPass Switch: The Future of Nintendo Handheld Gaming, happening 12:00 pm Sunday in the Armadillo Theatre. , who swept the Mario Kart tournaments at all three PAX last year, will be on the panel, and will be taking all comers in Mario Kart!
    • Miz Sylver will attempt to battle the PAX Pokemon League, where you can meet gym leaders in real life and battle them for actual badges.
    • Make sure to check out Digital Precept at Booth 10005 to demo their VR game Kung Fu: Shadow Fist! Tell Craig we sent you!
    • There are a lot of other awesome booths... Miz Sylver has picked out some of her favorites including:
      • Capcom - Booth 11076: Mega Man, Street Fighter, Resident Evil
      • Frozenbyte - Booth 11889: Has-Been Heroes
      • Nintendo - Booth 11255
      • Yacht Club Games - Booth 10027: Shovel Knight, Gunvolt
      • Alienware - Booth 10683: Computers, specializing in gaming PCs and science-fiction themes.
      • DXRacer - Booth 10655: Gaming desks, chairs, and simulators.
      • Twitch - Booth 11265: Leading video platform and community for gamers.
      • Loot Crate - Booth 1688: Monthly subscription box full of geek and gamer items.
  • PAX East is happening in Boston, MA, Mar 10-12, 2017. The Wolf Doctor and Miz Sylver will both be attending, and hosting our panel "Podcasting: From Amateur to Pro-Caster" tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 11th at 8:00pm in the Arachnid Theatre. Our all star panel includes Kelsey of Pink Gorilla Games, KC of the SwitchCast, Kevin of the Hadron Gospel Hour, and the inimitable Jonathan Holmes, who's staring in the out now 2064: Read Only Memories.
Speaking of PAXes, we have a question for you!

More news:
  • Overwatch is having a Lunar New Year event, just announced on Twitter!
  • Speaking of the Lunar New Year, Final Fantasy XV: BroQuest is having the Moogle Chocobo Carnival!
  • The most recent Nintendo Direct was all about Fire Emblem! New games are coming!
    • Fire Emblem Heroes should be coming out for Android February 2nd! (That's soon!)
    • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the 3DS is due out on May 19! THERE WILL BE AMIIBO...
    • Fire Emblem Warriors, a Dynasty Warriors-style game, will be coming to both New 3DS and Switch in the fall.
    • Also, an as-yet un-named Fire Emblem game will be coming to the Switch in 2018. This series is really gaining popularity!
Phew, that's a lot of news! On to our discussion with ! First, we get to know a little bit more about Sylverstone and his art. You can check out his portfolio of multimedia projects and games at SylversEdge, and of course, follow him on his Patreon!
  • Check out his YouTube!
    On his channel you will see awesome glitch-art videos, some with original music like this one! Speed drawing videos, gameplay, and game news and reviews also make an appearance, like his switch event review!
  • He's a big fan of the Reddit boards, and is involved with /r/NintendoSwitch and does their Twitter! There's also a Switch Discord channel! And, their own Twitch channel, /rnintendoswitch!
  • Catch him painting on Twitch!
  • Follow him on Facebook!
We talk about his experience at the Nintendo Switch Preview Event in New York. (More of these events are upcoming.) He trekked down to the Kimpton Hotel on 6th Ave at 6:30 am for the 10 am 90-minute session of Switch experiences! He talks about ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, his impressions of the hardware, and getting to say hi to . His overall impression of the Switch is that it's awesome!

We also asked some friends of the podcast to give us their takes on the Switch Preview Event! First up is Beast Gamer Kuma of KumaZoku Entertainment! Find him on Twitter and Twitch He also made an amazing event video! After attending this event he is now a viral video star thanks to his hilarious 12 Switch cow milking performance! However he is not 100% sold yet on the Switch. He needs the third party games to be as awesome as the novelty games.

We also got a take from Geoff Kappenberg, who came away... quite satisfied! He was very impressed by the Pro Controller. Thank you Geoff :D

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Will you be attending PAX South or PAX East? Are you more excited for the Joycons than ever? Can you out-milk Kuma? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gamer Family Feud

Listeners! Miz Sylver is hosting the gamer version of Family Feud at PAX South, and you can contribute to the "Survey Says!" answers by filling out this survey! The survey itself will make you laugh!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

TheAwesomeMichael Switch -es It Up

Episode 60: The Switch-filled sixtieth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! (Before we get into our show, Miz Sylver is hosting the gamer version of Family Feud at PAX South, be one of the "Survey Says" contributors by filling out this survey.) Tonight we have a special guest, The Awesome Michael! He is an amazing streamer who specialized in Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS! He's currently in training for this season's Mario Kart competitions. He's the defending Mario Kart 7 champion for all the US PAX's, so he will be attending Pax South (San Antonio, TX, Jan 27-29, 2017) where he will hang out with Miz Sylver and Pax East (Boston, MA, Mar 10-12, 2017) where he will be hanging out with both Miz Sylver and The Wolf Doctor if you want to catch up with him in person! He gives us the lowdown on his Twitch community and streaming set-up (including his Katsukity capture setup!) and his favorite color of Yoshi! Find him online!

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The Awesome Michael and The Wolf Doctor also discuss the newest Switch reveal! Both Michael and Miz Sylver pre-ordered the grey package, and they both pre-ordered the Breath of the Wild! We discuss many different aspects of the Nintendo Switch, from the hardware, to the controllers, to the games, the price, the online service! It works out to, "We'll see!" doesn't it? The ideas are great, and the price is fair, but until you play those games and see how well the motion controllers work, you don't know! (Though we all agree that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is pretty much a no fail beauty!) The Nintendo Switch and Play Preview Events are happening in the weeks leading up to launch; the New York event is happening tomorrow, January 15th, at 10 a.m. ET, in a secret location on the second floor of 849 Avenue of the Americas in NYC. Toronto is on January 29th, and more cities are upcoming...

An important Switch question for you all:

And a few news items before we go:

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. This week we really want to hear from you about your thoughts on the Nintendo Switch, the biggest gaming announcement of 2017 so far! Did you pre-order the Switch? Colors or grey? Do you want to challenge TheAwesomeMichael in Mario Kart 7? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Matt Conquers GenghisCon

Episode 59: The fashionable fifty-ninth episode of the PokeProblemsPodcast! Tonight we have a special guest, Matthew Rowles, the executive director of GenghisCon, Colorado's oldest gaming convention! He tells us all about the history of GenghisCon and what to expect in this, its 40th year! We talk about the gaming, the cosplay, the special guests, the Golden Tentacle Kitties, and the live dungeon crawl! We hear the insider stories about the trials and tribulations of organizing the convention. We talk anime, Pokemon, and video game fandoms. And Matt sings the praises of for convention organization!

GenghisCon takes place at the Radisson Southeast in Aurora, Colorado, Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, February 19th. Want to know more about GenghisCon? And, a few news items:
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon has a new Global Mission! This one has you finding and defeating pokemon using the Island Scan until January 9th.
  • Pokémon GO is continuing the Holiday event! Santa Hat Pikachus are still available, and have been joined by a greatly increased spawn rate of starter/partner Pokémon and their evolutions until January 8th. There's also special packages for sale in the item shop, which feature lures at this time.
  • Sailor Moon R: The Movie is happening! The Brattle Theater in Cambridge is showing it at 1pm Saturday January 21st and Sunday January 22nd. Tickets are still available for $15!

Thanks for listening! If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear from you. Do you want to adventure with Matt and Miz Sylver at GenghisCon? Want to hear more about that awesome Bioshock Dungeon Crawl? Have you caught any awesome extra-Alolan Pokemon in Sun and Moon using Island Scan? Tweet, email, or comment on the blog or Facebook to let us know!

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